Around 80,000 3.0 TDIs are affected.
Volkswagen will add another $200 million to its Dieselgate-related bill, as Reuters reports the German company has agreed to pay that number into a fund created to cut diesel pollution. It is part of an agreement for nearly 80,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines, which emit more than the American legal limit.
The information is still unofficial, but Volkswagen is expected to announce it today or tomorrow. The new agreement will be added to the $2.7-billion agreement the company signed earlier this year, covering 475,000 cars with 2.0 TDI motors.
Reuters reports a sticking point in the negotiations has been how much the automaker will agree to offer owners of affected vehicles for getting them repaired or selling them back. No exact number has been circulated in the media, but most of the 2.0 TDI owners are believed to be satisfied with the offered payment. What’s more, the payment is not affected by removed or damaged parts on the vehicles, and this fact has unleashed a wave of disassembled cars handed to dealers. With the new $200 million added to the bill, Volkswagen is going to allocate at least $16.7 billion to resolve U.S. diesel emissions cheating allegations.
Meanwhile, lawyers from United States Justice Department are in Germany to question top Volkswagen Group executives about their role in the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. Many of those bosses have already hired defense attorneys in the U.S - just in case the DoJ’s investigation leads to criminal charges.
Volkswagen currently has a ban for selling diesel vehicles in the United States, and France is also analyzing the situation surrounding Dieselgate. If the country regulators discover that the German company has used manipulating devices illegally, this could lead to another ban for diesel VWs. On the other hand, the automaker says the software used in its diesel engines do not actually violate European laws, so technically it has done nothing wrong from a legal point of view.